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jayne08
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Water for Elephants

Has anyone read this book, if so what do you think about it? I thought it was really good.
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I read the book awhile ago and I loved it, although it made me cry. I read the book shortly after my mom passed away after a fall and a mini stroke, (at age 97 1/2). I had to place her in rehab and then a nursing home shortly before she died. Fortunately, I don't think she realized where she was since she had begun to have dementia, going back and forth between thinking she was home or in a hospital. I don't think I really understood that while the world saw her as old, she still had the 18 year old girl living in her mind. As I read the book, I thought how happy she would have been if there had been some way for her to escape to a happier time and how much better off I would have been had I understood what she was feeling.

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This story also reminded me of my Grandpa in the same way. He is 93, and even though his body is slowly giving up on him, his mind is as sharp as ever. He too would like to escape the present and return to his life in the past. 
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Be kind to your grandfather. His age has nothing to do with his viability. I am sure he is still a young man inside his head also. His memories are young!

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jayne08 wrote:
Has anyone read this book, if so what do you think about it? I thought it was really good.

Jayne -- you might find the link below of interest.  It leads to a book discussion on B&N about a year ago of Water for Elephants.  

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board?board.id=sgwe

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jayne08 wrote:
Has anyone read this book, if so what do you think about it? I thought it was really good.

 

I read it earlier this year and loved it. There were a few slow parts, but far enough apart and short enugh that they didn't make the book drag. 

 

 

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Outside of very much enjoying the discussion of growing older, I also enjoyed the story being told.  The main character's time in the circus, I thought, was very well illustrated and quite fascinating - without being kitchy or fake.

 

This is one of the few books that I pass on to the rest of my family, and so far all who have read it, have enjoyed it, including my grandfather, my mother, and my aunt; Water for Elephants is currently making its way to my cousins out of state.

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It's a wonderful, beautiiful story. And an inspiration to us all. I've given WFE to so many friends. Thanks for reminding me why I love it so much.
 
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I participated in the  "Water for Elephants" book discussion in this B&N club. It was a very energetic and throught-provoking discussion.

 

It's one of my all time favorite stories...

 

It made me want to run away and join the circus.

 

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Yes, this book has the #4 for the best books I have read. It was so amazing to me, the life this man had and still had when it ended. He had lived a full productive life.